Fudge Bakery has closed for the final time
View of Fudge on Princes Avenue, Hull which has been sold and is due to reopen as Robin's Oak
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 May 2018
An artisan bakery in Princes Avenue is closing its doors for the final time today.
Fudge Bakery and Shop, which sells a range of tasty treats, including cupcakes, pies and quiches, and freshly made bread, has been sold.
The announcement comes after Fudge café, which traded next door to the bakery, closed last year and became a steakhouse.
Robin's Oak Steak and Wines opened in February after a new 15-year lease was agreed with the buyer and Garness Jones.
The café had established itself as a popular addition to the vibrant west Hull street and it regularly held film nights as well as charity events.
However, the firm suffered setbacks after its bakery received a fine for food hygiene breaches in 2015.
Food safety inspectors said cleanliness at the bakery was so poor the premises were deemed to represent an “immediate risk to public health.”
Fudge owner Rosie Goodman had to pay £2,679 worth of fines with the company having to pay an additional £3,120.
Speaking in December 2015, Miss Goodman apologised for the low hygiene ratings and estimated at the time that the case could have cost her £20,000 in lost revenue.
She said: "We want to apologise to our customers for any concerns they may have had following the inspection."
"The court case was the result of an inspection in March this year . The issues raised were dealt with overnight and at no time was there a risk to the products on sale or likelihood of contamination of food.
"Although the inspection result was reported at the time, the lengthy legal process has resulted in further publicity nine months after the event.
"We're a small business and took a big financial hit after the initial publicity.
"It's hard not to get demoralized when you're on the receiving end of social media trolling, but we have some wonderful, loyal customers who inspire us to provide a friendly neighbourhood location to meet and eat and enjoy our book and film clubs."
In the last three years since the inspection, the bakery has retained a four-star hygiene rating and Miss Goodman has decided to sell up to move on the pastures new.
The Mail understands the premises has been sold to a new investor who will retain the building as a bakery.